SwedishAmerican Introduces New Pulmonary Specialist

SwedishAmerican Introduces New Pulmonary Specialist

Suraj Bopanna, MD

 

SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome our new Pulmonary Specialist Suraj Bopanna, MD.

Dr. Bopanna has been practicing for ten years and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He practices all aspects of pulmonology, with a special interest in interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and interventional pulmonology.

Dr. Bopanna received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India and completed his internal medicine residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. He continued training with a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bopanna, please call (779) 696-6102.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Beloit Hospital Excels in Patient Safety

Beloit Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

 

 BELOIT,WI, November 4, 2016 – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were recently announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Beloit Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“The safety of our patients is at the heart of quality care and a good patient experience,” says Kenneth Klein, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Beloit Health System. “Safety is a priority for all of us and to be recognized among the nation’s safest hospitals is a credit to all the physicians, nurses, and clinical staff that work to deliver exceptional care each and every day.”

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Beloit Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

 

About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is a healthcare organization providing care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Beloit Health System offers residents inpatient and outpatient services including the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program, a Level III Trauma Center, advanced orthopedics, cancer care, and the region’s first comprehensive health and wellness campus at NorthPointe in Roscoe, Illinois. Beloit Health System includes: Beloit Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; Beloit Regional Hospice; and a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.

 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Community Against Cancer Presents Check to Beloit Cancer Center and Beloit Health System Foundation

Community Against Cancer Supports Fund for Children of Cancer Patients

 

The Board of Community Against Cancer (CAC) recently presented a check for $6,500 to Beloit Cancer Center and Beloit Health System Foundation. The funds were raised by CAC and designated to assist the children of cancer patients in Beloit. Their fundraising campaign was named the “Let Them Be Little” fund.

Receiving the check are Sharon Cox, (left) Director of Beloit Cancer Center and Lara Hermann, (right) Executive Director of Beloit Health System Foundation. The Community Against Cancer Board Members pictured are Tracy Hannah, Becky Reynolds, Jamie Burkee, Karie Larson, Josette Fillbach.

In June of 2016 the Board of Community Against Cancer (CAC) approved the creation of the “Let Them be Little” Fund.  The purpose of this new fund is to provide special gifts or activities to children of cancer patients, who are silently impacted when a parent/caregiver is diagnosed with cancer.  These children are sometimes forced to grow up too fast.

The CAC believes that if a parent/caregiver can see their child happy and smiling, it will improve the patient’s mental and emotional state. Nomination forms to receive funds can be found at www.communityagainstcancer.org and should be returned to Beloit Health System Cancer Center, 1670 Lee Ln, Beloit, WI 53511.  The Board of Community Against Cancer will meet quarterly to review the nomination forms and all distributions will be made through Beloit Health System Foundation.

MembersAlliance Credit Union Invites You to Come Network

 

Please come out and join us for the 8 th annual Good Morning Rockford Breakfast hosted by The Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s “Advantage Club Originals” networking group.

The Good Morning Rockford event will be from 7:30 am – 9:00 am and will be held on Tuesday November 1st , 2016 at the Hilton Garden Hotel on 7675 Walton St. in Rockford just off E. State and Bell School. Come out and help us construct a tower made of toilet paper and diapers to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. Cash donations also accepted.

The event will include a complimentary breakfast provided by the Hilton Garden Inn, expo style booths featuring members of the Advantage Club Originals group, plenty of networking opportunities and plenty of prizes being given away every 15 minutes. The cost of entry is simply a roll or package of wrapped toilet paper or a package of diapers.

The Advantage Club Originals is a group of business owners, decision makers and sales associates dedicated to networking and referring business to one another. Only one member from each industry is permitted in the group. For more information contact Diane James at 815-519-0203.

Please join us as we help the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford meet the needs of our community.

The Pregnancy Care Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing help and hope for over 33 years to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. For more information, please contact Tiffany Staman, Executive Director, at 815-680- 5101or email tiffany@thepregnancycarecenter.org or visit www.thepregnancycarecenter.org.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Advanced Practice Nurses

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SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Advanced Practice Nurses

Brittany Pena and Mary Marshall

 SwedishAmerican is pleased to introduce its new Advanced Practice Nurses Brittany Pena and Mary Marshall.

Brittany has joined Dr. Arturo Manas at SwedishAmerican State Street OB/GYN, 1415 East State Street, Suite 800. Brittany will partner with Dr. Manas to expand his practice and provide enhanced obstetrics and gynecology care to women of all ages.

Brittany received a bachelor of science in nursing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois and recently completed a master of science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner and comes to SwedishAmerican with five years of OB/GYN nursing experience.

Mary has joined Midwest Heart Specialists at SwedishAmerican, 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300. As an advanced nurse practitioner, Mary will partner with the Midwest Heart physicians to enhance cardiology services in both the clinic and hospital settings.

Mary received a master of science degree from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford and is a certified family nurse practitioner. She comes to SwedishAmerican with over twenty years of cardiac medicine experience.

 

 About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Celebrates Third Anniversary

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Celebrates Third Anniversary

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, developed in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, is pleased to announce the celebration of its third anniversary.

Throughout the week of October 11, the center will celebrate its anniversary with a variety of festive internal activities and celebrations for staff and patients. Examples include a staff painting party, anniversary pot luck and patient fleece scarf donations. Staff members are encouraged to donate fleece or cash donations throughout the week. In November, staff will gather together and create fleece scarves that will be handed out to cancer patients during the holidays.

Additionally, the Regional Cancer Center is continuing to provide greater and more convenient local access to medical specialties, research and physicians from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. More than 30 doctors from UW Health are on SwedishAmerican’s medical staff, representing more than 15 different specialties. Specifically, Breast Surgical Oncologists Drs. Lee Wilke and Jennifer Steiman are at the Regional Cancer Center every week consulting with patients.

“We are extremely excited to celebrate our third anniversary at our new center,” says SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “The Regional Cancer Center is more than just a beautiful building, it’s a place where patients and families feel welcomed during their cancer journey, a place that provides a soothing environment both inside and out and a place where patients receive advanced treatments by the region’s top specialists.”

So far in fiscal year 2016, the Regional Cancer Center has diagnosed 670 new oncology patients, 552 hematology patients and has recorded approximately 23,500 patient visits. It also has administered more than 12,000 units of chemotherapy, 29,500 radiation oncology treatments, and 1,503 PET and CT scans.

To learn more about SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center, please call (779) 696-9400.

 About the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center

Located at 3535 N. Bell School Road in Rockford, near Riverside and I-90, the two-story SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center offers radiation therapy, medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Patients have access to clinical trials; state-of-the-art linear accelerator treatments such as IGRT, IMRT, Rapid Arc, OBI and stereotactic services; and advanced medical imaging. The center also includes healing gardens and offers a number of holistic and support services, making it unlike any other facility in northern Illinois.

 About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

27th Annual Halloween Parade & Party

27th Annual Halloween Parade & Party October 29, 2016

BELOIT, Wis. – The Downtown Beloit Association is once again hosting the annual Halloween Parade & Party in Downtown Beloit. This community tradition is in its 27th year and promises to once again provide families a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience followed by a variety of family-friendly activities!

Parents & guardians are invited to bring their kids in their favorite costumes for a parade and the opportunity to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses as well as Farmer’s Market vendors. Parade participants should meet at Horace White Park (College & Grand Streets) at 9:45 a.m. There will be orange flags to indicate which business & farmers’ market vendors are participating.

After the parade, kids can enjoy “The Mr. Steve Show” and balloon following the show beginning at 10:45 a.m., free pumpkins from Brad & Cindy Paulson (while supplies last), spooky stories at Turtle Creek Bookstore 11 am-1 pm, and pumpkin decorating with Doodles! In addition, there will be face painting with Dabadooya, photos by “Photography by April” for $5, and a “Fun Zone” with a bounce house, obstacle course, and more at the corner of State & Grand Streets!

“The Halloween Parade & Party always brings out a huge crowd,” said Shauna El-Amin, Executive Director of the Downtown Beloit Association. “It’s a wonderful family-friendly event that we are proud to say has become a staple in the community. It wouldn’t be Halloween in Beloit without it!”

For more information about the Halloween Parade/Party, visit www.downtownbeloit.com or www.facebook.com/DowntownBeloit/events or call the Downtown Beloit Association at (608) 365-0150.

Goldie B. Floberg Center Receives Grant

Goldie B. Floberg Center receives $5,000 Milestone RocVale Foundation Grant

Rockton, IL (October 3, 2016) – Goldie B. Floberg Center received a grant of $5,000 from the Milestone RocVale Foundation to help fund 2016-2017 camp activities for adults with developmental disabilities.

As part of the services provided to adults with developmental disabilities, Goldie B. Floberg Center facilitates annual participation in regional learning and enrichment camp opportunities. Camp programming is optional to adults served and offers physical, emotional, and developmental benefits.

Milestone RocVale Foundation granted $5,000 for 2016-2017 camps participation expenses of over 20 adults with varying support needs.  Funds will support annual program expenses associated with registration and transportation. The grant will fund 21% of the total annual program budget. Additional funding is being sought from individual, private, and corporate funders.

Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center will celebrate 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Today, Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.

Meghan Moss is Promoted at Blackhawk Bank

Moss Promoted to Regional Manager

 

(Beloit, WI – October 3, 2016) Dave Adkins, President and COO, recently announced that Meghan Moss has been promoted to Vice President, Regional Banking Center Manager for Blackhawk Bank’s North Region.

Meghan joined Blackhawk Bank in 2009 as a retail Personal Banker. In May of ‘15 she joined the commercial division, gaining experience in business lending.  Her expertise has resulted in being selected to lead the retail bankers located at the Beloit, Roscoe and Machesney Park offices.  As Regional Manager she plans and directs daily banking center activities while providing leadership and guidance to foster success among bank associates, and to ensure a high level of client satisfaction.

Ms. Moss rotates among all of Blackhawk Bank’s North Region banking centers, and can be contacted by emailing mmoss@blackhawkbank.com, or by calling 815.985.7162.

Meghan is a Board member for the Downtown Beloit Association. Past affiliations include membership on the Board of Directors of the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers, mentor for Beloit School District’s Lunch and Learn Program and Ambassador for the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce.  Meghan is a graduate of the class of 2012/13 Leadership Development Academy of Rock County and Blackhawk Bank’s 2015 Leadership Academy.

Blackhawk Bank is a leading community bank serving clients in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1881.  The Bank offers a wide array of personal banking and mortgage services and comprehensive commercial banking services.  Offices are located in Beloit and Janesville, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford, and Belvidere, IL.  Learn more atwww.BlackhawkBank.com or Like us on Facebook.

Savant Announces New Employee Owners

Savant Capital Management Expands Employee Ownership

 

  • Savant further expands its employee ownership group to 47 people.
  • Additional ownership helps assure long-term continuity for the 30-year-old firm.
  • Positions Savant to remain independent into the future.

 

Rockford, IL (October 3, 2016)Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL announced today that 28 additional employees have purchased ownership interests in Savant and have become employee-members of the company. The new employee-members from the Rockford office are Matthew Armstrong, Gina Beall, Rick Bender, Kathie Blassage, LaVonne Brown, Kim Cady, Derek Carter, Michael Cyrs, Stacy Eckhardt, Keith Feggestad, Theresa Harezlak, Kevin Hrdlicka, Tawn Jacobs, Scott Kaiser, Valorie Kalen, Brian Knabe, Jessica Knudsen, Jakob Loescher, Nicholas McCaslin, Ryan Monette, Grant Moore, Kathryn Pirtle, Thomas Ptacin, and Timothy Rogowski.

By increasing the employee-members from 19 to 47, Savant will maintain its independence as a wealth management firm and continue to carry out its vision, mission, and core values that were built upon its clients’ best interests.

“We want to continue to build ideal futures for our clients, our team and the communities we serve,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “The new employee-members announced today are leaders in the company and will make certain the growth and vision of Savant is pursued for the continued benefit of our clients. This is a major step in our long-term succession plan and will help Savant continue to thrive well into the future and carry on our service for generations to come.”

 

About the New Owners

 Matthew D. Armstrong, CFP®, CRPS® – Armstrong is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been with the firm for 11 years.

Gina M. Beall, MBA, CIMA® – Beall is a lead investment research analyst and a member of the Investment Research Team. She has been involved in the financial services industry since 1989 and with the firm for six years.

Rick P. Bender, CFP®, LUTCF, ChFC®, CLU®, CRPS® – Bender is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 1992 and with the firm for four years.

Kathie T. Blassage, CM, RP® – Blassage is a senior plan services specialist and a member of the Retirement Plan Services Team. She has been with the firm for 13 years.

LaVonne L. Brown, MSIMC, RP® – Brown is the chief communications officer and a member of the Executive Team. She has been involved in the marketing and communications field since 1998 and with the firm for eight years.

Kim S. Cady, PPC® – Cady is the manager of retirement plan services. She has been involved in the retirement plan industry since 1984 and with the firm for nine years.

Derek A. Carter, MBA, CFP® – Carter is a senior investment research analyst, a portfolio integration manager, and a member of the Investment Research Team. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 2001 and with the firm for 13 years.

Michael T. Cyrs, J.D., MBA, CFP® – Cyrs is an estate and wealth transfer advisor. He has more than 20 years of experience as a private attorney, concentrating on complex estate and business succession planning, charitable planning, and advising clients regarding all types of trusts and estate administration. He has been with the firm for two years.

Stacy D. Eckhardt – Eckhardt is the controller and a member of the Administrative Team. She has been involved in the financial services industry since 1992 and with the firm for five years.

Keith A. Feggestad, MSMIS – Feggestad is the manager of information technology and a member of the Administrative Team. He has been with the firm for five years.

Theresa A. Harezlak, CFP®, CDFA® – Harezlak is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. She has been involved in the financial services industry since 1988 and with the firm for nine years.

Kevin M. Hrdlicka, CFP®, CFA – Hrdlicka is the manager of investment research and trading and a member of the Investment Committee. He has been with the firm for eight years.

Tawn M. Jacobs, MST, CPA/PFS, CFP® – Jacobs is the manager of financial planning and tax services. She has been involved in the tax, accounting, and financial services industries since 1989 and with the firm for 12 years.

Scott Kaiser, CFP®, AIF®, CRPS® – Kaiser is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been with the firm for 17 years.

Valorie L. Kalen, RP® – Kalen is a client services manager and a member of the Concierge Team. She has been involved with the financial services industry since 1975 and with the firm for 11 years.

Brian J. Knabe, MD, CFP®, CMP® – Knabe is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been with the firm for nine years.

Jessica L. Knudsen, MS, MPAS®, CFP®, CSRP® – Knudsen is a lead financial planner and member of the Financial Planning and Tax Team. She has been with the firm for 12 years.

Jakob C. Loescher, CFP®, ChFC®, AIF®, CRPC®, CRPS® – Loescher is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 2007 and with the firm for eight years.

Nicholas M. McCaslin – McCaslin is a software support specialist and a member of the Administrative Team. He has been with the firm for 17 years.

Ryan Monette, CFP®, ChFC® – Monette is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been with the firm for 10 years.

Grant W. Moore, MBA, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF®, CRPS® – Moore is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been with the firm for 10 years.

Kathryn M. Pirtle, PHR® SHRM-CP – Pirtle is the human resources manager and a member of the Administrative Team. She has been involved in the human resources industry since 1993 and with the firm for five years.

Thomas J. Ptacin, MBA, CFP®, AIF®, CRPS® – Ptacin is a financial advisor and a member of the Advisory Team. He has been involved in the financial services industry since 1998 and with the firm for 12 years.

Timothy B. Rogowski – Rogowski is the chief information officer, director of human capital, and a member of the Executive Team. He has been involved in the information technology industry since 1998 and with the firm since March 2015.

 

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

 

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm byFinancial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists byFinancial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

 

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